Friday, February 20, 2009

McDonalds Cocktail

I think I'll pass on this one...
This is from Serious Eats, but I think you have to be seriously crazy to sip a vanilla shake through BBQ sauce.


  • 1 part vanilla vodka
  • 3 parts chocolate shake
  • Rim with BBQ sauce
  • Garnish with a chicken nugget.
Orders: Even if you stir this one you may end up shaken. Yuck.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Book Review: 365 Days of Cocktails

It's very rare that I pick up new books on cocktails/bartending. I have a worn copy of "Bartending for Dummies" and I've found I don't need much more. I had the Mr. Boston but the drinks were too outdated (egg flips??) and I had the Playboy Bartender's Guide...but that just didn't live up to expectations. So i'm quite amazed to find myself adding a new book to my bar: The Daily Cocktail: 365 Intoxicating Drinks and the Outrageous Events That Inspired Them (Dalyn Miller, Larry Donovan). This book has it all. Flashy photos, excellent and varied recipes, witty storytelling and drinking factoids, and (a must) a solid index. You can find drinks by name, ingredient, or just pick a date and date.
Here's a nice sample pulled from

Who's the Boss?

  • 1 oz rum
  • 2 oz sour apple liquer
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lemonade
Orders: combine ingredients with ice, pour into highball glass (one of those normal looking glasses you probably drink OJ from). Garnish with a green apple wedge.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rainforest Cafe's Green Python

Years and years ago, there was a photo shoot in Chicago. I wore too little, met too many sleazy people - 'nuf said. But something good did come out of it. I had lunch at the Rainforest cafe. And as I have always been a fan of cliche and kitsch done to the nth degree, this place was for me! I had an Apricot Quicksand. It was served in a martini glass and the liquid was brown with sandy sediment. I want this drink again!
Now, recently I've been seeing more and more of those copycat restaurant recipes. So i gave a good search for the Quicksand recipe... But of course no one has heard of it. (Please let me know if you have. And not that one with khaluha and cream - this one was apricot and mildly translucent) I did see a lot of folks out their merrily addiced to the Rainforest Cafe's Green Python. And since thats close to quicksand, (after all, if you get stuck in quicksand aren't you supposed to leverage nearby pythons?) I'll have what he's having.

Rainforest Cafe's Green Python

  • 3/4 oz Midori Melon
  • 1/4 oz 99 Bananas
  • 1/4 oz Bacardi Coco Rum
  • 1/4 oz Skyy Citrus
  • 2 1/2 oz sweet and sour
  • 2 1/2 oz pineapple
Orders: I haven't watched them, but I'm guessing its a shake-strain-and-serve-over-ice kind of thing. This may be true to what the restaurant serves, but personally...I think this needs the alcoholic ingredients doubled. Hey, my sofa is my bar. I can be as badly behaved as I want to be.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Tiki Bar Ressurection

I'm pleased to announce the rebuilding of our tiki bar. Two years ago, in our pre-kids apartment, Alex and I built a miniature tiki bar. "Life is short, landlord be darned" we thought. Then proceeded to painted our kitchen sunset orange with scudding clouds, and palm tree silhouettes. The bar itself was every bit a slapdash as a tiki bar should be: merrily painted two by fours supported woven reed beachmats, flower garlands and chritmas lights. I think the whole thing was four feet long, and I was the only one tiny enough to bartend. And that didn't last long...
Pregnant with our first child, I could no longer fit behind the bar (brings new meaning to the phrase "belly up to the bar"). We decided it was time to move. And the tiki bar wouldn't be coming along to our new adult abode.
Our daughter is one and a half now, and she's taught us a lot. One thing we've learned is that growing up is overrated and entirely unnecessary. And it was that fabulous revelation that brought us to the conclusion that it was time to rebuild! Now tiki bar 2.0 is almost complete and it's a far grander creation. Measuring a full 9 feet, this puppy easily seats four, and the base holds 3 bookcases worth of our ever expanding collection of reference books. So go ahead and ask the bartender anything you like! I've got blacksmithing basics on my left and corporate tax advice on my right.
A favorite from the original tiki bar:

Vicious Sid

  • 1 1/2 oz Light rum
  • 1/2 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 oz Triple sec
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 dash Bitters
Orders: Combine everything in a shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into tumblers almost filled with ice cubes. Drink. Pull a face. Add more lemon juice. Drink more. Stop caring about straining stuff.